Nancy Wogan Obituary (for Haddonfield Friends Newsletter, published October 1, 2019)
Nancy Wogan died September 6, 2019 at the age of 89. Nancy attended Haddonfield Friends Meeting from the mid-1970s through the late 1990s, and found deep spiritual and emotional support in this community. After she moved to Berkeley, California in the late 1990s, she became active in the Friends Meeting there. A pacifist, activist, and Quaker at heart, Nancy spent her life advocating for human rights and peace. She was outspoken on civil rights and supported all types of marginalized people. Her last car still has a handwritten sign in its back window that says, "Stop the Death Penalty.” Until a couple years ago, she carried that sign every month to a local subway station to raise awareness about the death penalty and talk with commuters. Nancy also dedicated her retirement years in Berkeley to writing poetry and presenting it at open-mic nights, as well as swimming and visiting with her family.
Prior to Berkeley, Nancy thoroughly enjoyed her career teaching English at Burlington Community College (NJ) and LaSalle University (PA). Even in her last years, she sometimes still woke up dreaming she was back in the classroom.
A Memorial Quaker Meeting for Nancy will be held on Saturday, October 19, 1-2pm at the Berkeley Friends Meeting House on 2151 Vine St., Berkeley CA 94709, followed by a reception from 2-3pm. Then from 4-6pm there will be a catered picnic and memorial gathering where Nancy lived: Strawberry Creek Lodge (patio and garden), 1320 Addison St., Berkeley 94702.
Nancy is survived by her three children, Peter, James, and Cecelia, and seven grandchildren. Condolence notes can be sent to Nancy’s middle son, James Wogan, at 808 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro CA 94577. Email notes can be sent to Nancy’s daughter, Cecelia: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to make a donation in Nancy’s honor, please consider donating to the charity program at Nancy’s residence: Strawberry Creek Lodge, housing widely known for supporting residents aging in place. This charity helps subsidize the meal program, an important support for seniors no longer able to cook for themselves and providing an opportunity to meet with friends every day. Gifts in any amount can be sent to Strawberry Creek Lodge Foundation, 1320 Addison St., Berkeley, CA 94702.
Thank you for the wonderful community you provided for our mother! –Peter, James, and Cecelia Wogan.